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Open Training College

Prospect Hall, Willowfield Park, Goatstown, Dublin , D14 P9E4, Goatstown, Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Eircode: D14 P9E4

The Open Training College

The Open Training College offers courses in management, social care and continuing professional development. Courses at the Open Training College include applied management, professional development, professional social care, intellectual disability practice and CPD courses. We exist to provide accredited training courses and consultancy services to the human services and non-profit sector.

Our knowledge and expertise:

  • Provides people with the skills required to effectively perform their professional roles through courses
  • Directly addresses the operational and strategic challenges experienced by organisations within the sector
  • Makes a constructive contribution to policy and professional practice
  • Offers positive outcomes for service users by encouraging best-practice person-centred processes and competencies

At the Open Training College, our degree level and professional development courses and programmes provide disability and social care professionals with the skills required to deliver effective person centred services. Our accredited certificate, degree and professional development courses and programmes provide people with the knowledge and skills required to manage effectively in a challenging environment. The Open Training College has spent over 20 years working as training experts. In that role we have combined extensive first-line experience with a detailed knowledge of the strategic and operational dynamics of the space.

Established by St. Michael’s House in 1992, our philosophy is, and always will be, shaped by the demands of our sector and the needs of our staff, students, client organisations and service users. We believe that everything we do has to make a difference. To achieve that, it:

  • Must be sector-specific
  • Has to be practical in every sense of that word
  • Remain relevant and meet the highest possible standards of professional practice
  • Reflect the realities of people’s lives

This commitment has driven our desire to create a community of learning and professional practice, one that focuses on the acquisition, dissemination and practical application of knowledge and expertise.

 We believe that this approach – built on collaboration between ourselves, our students and the more than 220 organisations we work with – has created a unique environment in which people from the human services and non-profit sector can learn and work together in ways that make a real difference to our service users.  It has driven:
  • Who we are
  • Our relationship with students and the courses we provide
  • The kind of consultancy services and partnerships we have built up over the last quarter century

For more information about courses and programmes at the Open Training College, view our courses in the Nightcourses.com Course Finder.

BA in Applied Management (Human Services) _ Oct 2020

The BA in Applied Management (Human Services) is a QQI accredited (Level 7) 3-year degree programme created by, and for people working in the human services and non-profit sector. It provides participants with the knowledge and skills required to manage for the good of: Services users The organisation, and People who work with it In so doing, they…

BA in Contemporary Disability Studies - Level 7 - November 2020

Note: Next commencement: November 2020. The Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Disability Studies is a QQI accredited, 3-year degree course for people working in the disability and social care sector. It provides participants with the social care skills required to deliver effective person centred services. Achieving this involves: Developing a detailed understanding of disability service provision and…

Bachelor of Arts in Social Care - September 2021

This 3-year Level 7 Degree programme is designed for people who want to attain the standards of proficiency for social care workers as defined by CORU and engage in value-based education to empower service users. The learner will engage with 18 modules that explore social care practice and how it applies in various social care…

Back Care and Manual Handling Online Theory

Please note: This course is one of 12 modules on the Foundation Programme for Working in Residential Services   The Manual Handling Online course provides an online option when testing the participants knowledge around the theory section of the manual handling refresher course. The material was created as part of NFSVP. The course introduces the…

Cert in Training and Development - QQI Level 6 Special Purpose Award

This Training and Development Award is the nationally approved Level 6 QQI professional qualification for new and experienced trainers. The twelve week programme provides participants with the tools to identify training needs and design, plan, deliver and evaluate quality and engaging training. The course is aimed at qualified practitioners who wish to pursue a career as…

Certificate in Applied Management (Human Services) - November 2020

Please Note: Next Informal Interviews (Online) for Applicants: October 12th, 2020 The Certificate in Applied Management (Human Services) is a one-year professional development programme created for people working in the human services, community and non-profit sector.  It will: Develop your understanding of the management skills required to deliver quality services in the sector Provide you with the…

Certificate in Autism, Wellbeing and Positive Behaviour Supports - Nov 2020

The Certificate in Autism, Wellbeing and Positive Behaviour Supports is an accredited programme that focuses on how to effectively support staff who work with individuals on the autistic spectrum to: Lead the life they want to live, Support and reaffirm the people that are key in the person’s life The course also explores well being…

Certificate in Facilitated Learning (Systematic Instruction)

This accredited Level 6 course will help you develop and implement an individual training plan for a person with disability using the Systematic Instruction teaching strategy. During the 10-week course you will work in partnership with a service user to support them to develop a skill that relates to their own person centred plan. After…

Certificate in Supported Employment = Level 7

This Level 7 course is a professional qualification targeted at the needs of people working as job coaches and employment facilitators. It will provide: A detailed understanding of the social and legislative context in which the employment of marginalised groups takes place A formal grounding in the principles, processes and best practices of Supported Employment The…

Certificate in Supporting and Working with Families - January 2021

Everyone involved in the support of any person needs to recognise and appreciate the hugely important place held by families in the lives of people with ID, whether this is perceived as positive or negative these familial relationships need to be supported and nourished. Families are often the only constant in the lives of people…

Certificate in the Management of a Positive Behavioural Culture

This course is aimed at supervisors and managers of human services for people labelled as challenging. It is also suitable for people aspiring to those roles. The Certificate in Management of a Positive Behaviour Culture is an accredited programme that focuses on how to utilise and effectively manage Positive Behaviour Support in a way that…

Essential Employment Law - Spring 2021

Understanding employment law is an absolute necessity for first line managers because they are becoming increasingly involved in employment contracts and disciplinary/grievance procedures. This accredited, six-week course examines employment law as a management issue for the human services and non-profit sector Completing the course will provide you with detailed knowledge of: The formal legislative framework…

Focus on the Individual: Person Centred Planning - September 2020

This accredited Level 6 course, Focus on the Individual – Person Centred Planning examines how a person centred plan is implemented, facilitated and evaluated. It explores the organisational structures and changes required to support a person centred service that is focused on individualised supports and care. The ten-week programme, which blends online learning with intensive workshops,…

Foundation Programme for Working in Residential Services

Covid-19 has brought extensive challenges to all of us, not least ensuring that staff cover is provided in service areas that remain open and ensuring that staff are well informed working in areas possibly unfamiliar to them. The Open Training College (OTC) has been delivering excellent social care education and training since 1992, online since…

Higher Certificate in Applied Management - September 2020

The Higher Certificate in Applied Management (Human Services) is a one-year professional development programme created for people working in the human services, community and non-profit sector. In this course you will: Explore leadership as a sector-specific management issue Examine how the organisational structures and operating principles characteristic of the sector determine how you manage Look at the role of human…

Honours BA in Contemporary Disability Studies - Level 8 - September 2020

Please note: Next Online Informal Interviews for Applicants: Sept 10th, 2020 This one-year, part time course provides qualified Social Care Workers with the knowledge and skills to make substantive, positive changes to organisations in the pan disability sector. It will help you to become an advanced social care practitioner and drive the development and delivery of…

Human Resource Management & Supervision - September 2020

Please note:  Application Deadline is September 9th. This six-week course is designed to provide you with a working knowledge of the importance, role and function of Human Resource Management, particularly in relation to the not-for-profit and human services sector. While completing this course of study you will also be introduced to key elements of the…

Introduction to Person Centred Planning

Person centred planning is now seen as a best practice approach in many human services. It allows an individual define their future for themselves and determine how/what services are needed to support this vision of a desirable future. This course is a practical one-day workshop covering the principles, values and process of person centred planning.…

Key Management Skills: Teamwork, Leadership and Communications - Sept 2020

This intensive, six week course – the first (or second) module of our 2-module Fast Track management course for PIC’s – will increase your ability to lead, motivate and manage a team in the human services and/or non-profit sector. After completing the certified programme, you will: Understand the factors that determine how you manage Possess…

Managing for Regulation and Inspection

This course encourages the student to reflect on the importance of getting regulation right within their role and on the impact regulation has on the organisation, staff and the service users. The course is suited for people working in a human service environment for at least 10 hours per week as a team member, manager,…

Managing Service Quality and Safeguarding - November 2020

This accredited, professional Level 6 Certificate course provides current and prospective supervisors and managers with the knowledge and tools required to manage service quality in a human services and non-profit organisation. The six-week course – one module of our 2-module Fast Track management course for PICs – takes contemporary best practices in service quality and analyses them…

Person Centred Planning Skills

This twelve-week, accredited course provides a comprehensive introduction to the person centred approach to disability and empowerment. It combines online learning with a series of intensive workshops that will provide you with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to use person centred planning to: Support a person to develop their personal profile Facilitate them and…

Principles and Practice of Positive Behaviour Support

This twelve-week, accredited course addresses the philosophy and values of person centredness. It explores the ways in which a person centred approach underpins positive behavioural support strategies that are capable of producing increased quality of life for service users. It has been developed by people with extensive front line experience and is very much practical…

Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse

The Safeguarding course aims to ‘increase capacity of all staff and service users, in relation to key information on the safeguarding of vulnerable people as outlined in the National Policy “Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse” published in December 2014 and how this impacts on their local service policy and is supported by good…

Supervision Training for Persons in Charge - PIC's

The overall aim of the training is to equip PIC’s with the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies in order to provide effective supervision and support to frontline staff members working in residential units in accordance with the formal policy and / or approaches on Supervision in place within the organisation, national and international best practice…

Supporting Individualised Living and Alternative Services

Learn new approaches in relation to creating, designing and progressing individualised services in Ireland today. This course provides new material based on international best practice and quality which influence how services are delivered within the wider non-profit/human services setting. Who Is This Course For? This workshop is a must for key decision makers and Social…

The Certificate in The Manager as Coach and Mentor - November 2020

This programme of study has been developed for the experienced manager who currently holds a senior post within the organisation or foresees holding such a post in the future. This manager is interested in further developing their existing professional competencies in order to progress the work of the organisation within the human services sector and…

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